34-year-old Brandon Marshall visits Seahawks – Brandon Marshall | FA

Free agent WR Brandon Marshall is visiting the Seahawks on Wednesday.

The Seahawks have Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, and a bunch of uncertainty at wideout. However, Marshall is 34 now, looked completely washed in New York last year, and then needed ankle surgery. It would make more sense for Seattle to see what free-agent pickup Jaron Brown can do in an expanded role while letting youngster Amara Darboh push for an increased role in Year 2. May 9 – 2:21 PM

Donald Penn will not be charged in DV matter – Donald Penn | OAK

The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office will not pursue domestic violence charges against Raiders LT Donald Penn.

Police were called to Penn’s house last month for an alleged ordeal between Penn and his ex-wife. However, both sides deny there was any physical altercation. The league will probably conduct its own investigation, but we doubt anything comes of this. Penn should be out of the clear and ready Week 1. He can now turn his football attention to recovering from Lisfranc surgery. May 9 – 2:13 PM

Update: Mark Ingram’s appeal already denied – Mark Ingram | NO

Updating a previous item, suspended RB Mark Ingram’s appeal has already been heard and denied by the NFL.

There was apparently some confusion on this Wednesday morning when Ingram’s agent released a statement, saying they planned to appeal the four-game PEDs ban. That’s already been done, which is why the league announced the suspension on Tuesday. Ingram will be sidelined Weeks 1-4 (vs. TB, vs. CLE, at ATL, at NYG), leaving Alvin Kamara locked into RB1 duties. May 9 – 12:53 PM

NBA DFS: Joel Embiid and top picks for May 9 DraftKings, FanDuel daily fantasy basketball lineups

Before you enter a daily fantasy basketball tournament for NBA Playoff action on Wednesday, May 9, you need to hear what professional DFS player Mike McClure has to say. McClure has more than $1 million in career DFS winnings and rolled through the NBA season, cashing huge on numerous tournament and cash game rosters.

He was able to do all that thanks to some spot-on picks.

On Tuesday, McClure rostered Warriors forward Draymond Green at $9,000 on FanDuel. The result: Green exploded for 19 points, 14 rebounds, nine assists, three steals and two blocks — returning 60.30 FD points, his second-best performance of the entire season.

For Wednesday’s single-game slate involving Game 5 of Celtics-76ers, McClure loves 76ers guard T.J. McConnell as a value play at $3,000 on FanDuel and $3,200 on DraftKings.

In Monday’s victory over the Celtics, McConnell was inserted into the starting lineup and scored a career-high 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists, producing well over 30 points on DraftKings and FanDuel. He’s a complete steal at this price point, so lock him in for Wednesday’s slate.

McClure is stacking McConnell with center Joel Embiid, who is $10,300 on FanDuel and $9,800 on DraftKings.

He gets an ideal matchup against a Celtics squad that has struggled to guard him. Embiid, who has recorded a double-double in every game in this series, has scored at least 50 points on DraftKings in both games against the Celtics on the road. Expect Embiid and McConnell to return plenty of value on Wednesday as the 76ers look to force a Game 6.

McClure is also targeting a player capable of putting up massive numbers who has a dream matchup Wednesday. The stars are aligning for him to score 50, even 60 points on DraftKings and FanDuel. This pick could be the difference between winning your tournaments and cash games or going home with nothing.

So who is DFS pro Mike McClure putting in his optimal DFS lineup for Wednesday? Visit SportsLine now to see the full NBA optimal tournament lineups for Wednesday’s NBA Playoff action from a professional DFS player who has over $1 million in career winnings and cashed multiple tournament rosters this season.

Hall of Famer Andre ‘The Hawk’ Dawson has quietly been running a funeral home for 10 years

What do MLB players do when they retire? Some go into broadcasting. Some return to the dugout as coaches.

And some slip quietly into the shadows, spending their days driving hearses, carrying caskets and mopping floors at a funeral home.

Or at least that’s what, unbeknownst to most, Hall of Famer Andre Dawson has been doing for the last 10 years, as detailed in a USA Today story by Bob Nightengale. 

Retired since 1996, the former Chicago Cubs, Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox and Florida Marlins outfielder is most known for his eight-time All-Star career on the diamond, where he set countless Expos records, piled up more than 300 home runs and stolen bases, and racked up eight Gold Glove honors. But since walking away from baseball on hobbled knees, Dawson, who has undergone 14 knee surgeries, has taken a liking to a more anonymous role of owning Paradise Memorial Funeral Home alongside his wife, Vanessa, in Richmond Heights, Florida.

For Dawson, Nightengale writes, the job is not so much tragic as it is purposeful.

“The Hawk” has also had his name attached to front office roles with the Cubs and Marlins in recent years, but it’s at Paradise Memorial, where he “does everything but embalm the bodies in the holding room” and apparently finds peace and perspective amid more than 100 funeral services each year.

“You never know where God is going to lead you,” Dawson told Nightengale, “but wherever it leads you, you have to be prepared. When this first fell into my lap, I prayed on it. I thought, ‘How am I really going to pull this off without having the background, or knowing anything really about the industry?’ But I wanted to make this as good a facility as I possibly could, and I’m proud of it. It’s important to me because this is a product the community needs.”

That doesn’t mean any of Paradise Memorial customers, let alone former MLB companions, are any less surprised when they either see Dawson around the home or hear that he’s running it.

“Rickey Henderson just looked at me,” Dawson said, per Nightengale, “with his eyes wide open.”

Ranking the eight teams that have a legitimate chance of winning the Super Bowl

How many teams in the NFL have a legit shot to win the Super Bowl this upcoming season?

Sure, it’s only May, and injuries and unforeseen schedule situations and numerous other factors will surely intervene to railroad some seasons and buttress others, but just play along with me for now. We still have about four months before real football games are being played. So indulge me. If you had to separate the haves from the have-nots at the highest level possible, who would make the cut?

I figure roughly 25 percent of the league in a good year has the real potential to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. Out of 32 teams, I’ll say eight would make my cut right now. Sort of like if you were creating two super divisions within the league. Which eight teams seem like the best bets right now – at a time when you can start putting money anywhere you want in Vegas – and in what order?

Well, after spending hours running my mathematical equations and testing my algorithms (or not), here is my list of the Elite Eight in the NFL as we head into OTAs. Because as much as people will try to tell you that a certain player or a certain team will be making some substantial gains over the next six weeks based on lukewarm practices in T-shirts and shorts, don’t believe them. Ain’t happening. Until these guys put the pads on, nothing much is going to change with these rosters and no one’s stock is really going to rise or fall.

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Any player evaluations or projections made off of spring practices are fraught with peril (even less scientific and reliable that this exercise I am currently undertaking!) and no starter is winning or losing a job during OTAs unless someone close to him on the depth chart suffers a freak injury. So with that out of the way, here are the teams that most have my attention in terms of being able to win it all. 

1. Eagles

I know no one repeats anymore, except for the Pats like once a decade, but I also can’t recall too many champs who get a markedly better quarterback returning than the one who they won the Super Bowl with. Doesn’t matter when or how Carson Wentz starts the season, just that he looks the part come December. The roster is still intact enough, Jason Peters could provide a big boost to the offensive line if he can stay healthy, and while they did lose some bright minds off their offensive staff, it’s still Doug Pederson’s baby on that side of the ball and not losing DC Jim Schwartz to a head coaching job was a coup. No hangovers here with Wentz super motivated.

2. Vikings

They came damn close a year ago, it’s hard not to love their roster and kudos to them for being willing to go all-out to land Kirk Cousins in an attempt to win it all right now. Cousins can exceed what Case Keenum did, he has ample weapons, and we’ll see in January about his big-game ability. The running game should be fine with Dalvin Cook returning. They have a true home-field advantage. They’re loaded with young, hungry, impactful players. And the sting of how meekly they went down in Philly last year should fuel their quest. Yes, this franchise generally finds a way to wilt at the worst possible time, but all slumps end eventually.

3. Patriots

No one can look at all of the talent they lost this offseason and say they appear to be a better team than a year ago. Replacing a starting left tackle and corner and a couple of starting receivers and running backs is a task even for the great Bill Belichick. Then add in all the Tom Brady/Gronk/Belichick drama and the fact Bob Kraft needs to step up and pay Brady and Gronk again and it might not look pretty. And the outfit Brady wore to The Met should be a disqualifier alone. But who really got better at the top of the AFC? And how aren’t the Pats going to roll through the AFC East with the likes of AJ McCarron/Josh Allen and Ryan Tannehill and Josh McCown/Sam Darnold to contend with? And who is going to beat them in Foxboro in January? Sure, Brady could finally get sucker punched by Father Time, but if he plays at close to last year’s level they’ll be just fine in the end. Watch.

4. Saints

Everyone is harping on the Marcus Davenport trade as this huge gamble … but they don’t need him to be a 15-sack guy right now. Just be able to make a play or two on third down late in the season and that might be enough to get them a little deeper in the playoffs. Keeping Drew Brees was paramount. I wouldn’t rule out them making a big trade before the deadline, if possible, to upgrade at pass catcher or pass rusher, and Mark Ingram’s suspension might be a good thing come the postseason, when his legs should be fresher. They have a Super Bowl-winning coach and QB and most of their other best players are still on their rookie contracts. That’s not a bad formula.

5. Panthers

The NFC South should be a monster. Which cuts both ways. A good team or two might miss the payoffs entirely from that division, but the teams that emerge may already have a leg up on the rest of the field. Breaking with some old tendencies on offense was huge, as they added some new coaches and ideas on that side of the ball. D.J. Moore can be an immediate spark plug, they started figuring out how to unlock Christian McCaffrey in the second half of last season and Greg Olsen still moves the chains. Yes, the secondary gives me some concern, but the defense got its swagger back a year ago and Cam Newton wins a lot of football games.

6. Packers

Aaron Rodgers is the best in the world and this team still, somehow, hung around the periphery of the playoff scene without him for most of the season with Brett Hundley pretending to be an NFL quarterback. I’m not sure that basically swapping Jordy Nelson for Jimmy Graham is much of an upgrade, but I also am not naïve enough to think this offense will be an issue with Rodgers back. And the defense has to be much better. Love the additions to the secondary and they have the makings of the best 3-4 DL in the NFL. Muhammad Wilkerson will prove to be a massive signing and this has to the season where Green Bay doesn’t run out of running backs by, like, November, right?

7. Steelers

It’s hard not to want to pencil in Pittsburgh vs. New England in the AFC Championship Game. But after getting declawed by Jacksonville in the playoffs a year ago, the Steelers will have to earn their way back. Ben Roethlisberger seems all about earning a new contract (and alienating backup Mason Rudolph) and this is the last hurrah with Le’Veon Bell. Ending the madness with Martavis Bryant was a wise move, too. The last time the team made a coordinator change it brought the best out of Big Ben in the coming seasons. Woulda loved to see an Earl Thomas trade put them over the top, and I still have concerns about the linebacker group and edge rushers, but the AFC is so watered down that the Steelers still really stand out to me.

8. Chargers

Others might have the Falcons in this group (I’ll believe Steve Sarkisian can get that offense humming when I see it) or the Rams (I could see a little regression from them) and I wouldn’t argue much. They almost made the cut. But the Chargers should have an easier path to the playoffs, they already could make big plays in the passing game and attack the opposing quarterback (essentials to win it all) and I love what they added this offseason. Like the Vikings, it’s hard not to think they’ll somehow undermine themselves in the end, given their history of doing just that, but Philip Rivers must have one more playoff run in him and they can be damn balanced on offense (adding Mike Pouncey will further help that cause). There is no shortage of talent on defense and I’m not sure anyone else in the AFC West is treading water, much less really getting markedly better.

WATCH: Rays’ Adeiny Hechavarria suffers bizarre injury thanks to ball off Tropicana Field catwalk

Ah, Tropicana Field — the dingy disaster that everyone loves to hate. Or, you know, just the dingy disaster that everyone hates.

Today, there may not be a person in the world that hates the Rays’ stadium more than Tampa Bay shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria. That’s because the 29-year-old shortstop suffered a bizarre injury and needed to leave Tuesday night’s game in Tampa after a ball struck the stadium’s catwalk and wound up smacking him in the eye.

In the eighth inning of the Rays’ game against the Braves, Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr. popped up what looked to be a routine foul ball behind home plate. But that ball struck a speaker attached to the catwalk, then ricocheted into fair territory in the infield. Hechavarria, who was understandably caught off-guard by the sequence, attempted to make a play on the ball as it headed toward him. 

He dove for the ball, and it bounced off the Tropicana infield turf and ricocheted directly into his left eye. Hechavarria left the game with bruising and swelling, but luckily that was the extent of the damage done on the play.

And, for what it’s worth, the ball was ruled foul on the play.

This isn’t the first time that Tropicana’s catwalk has led to chaos and confusion, nor will it be the last. Call it quirky or call it infuriating, but that catwalk has gotten in the way of many batted balls over the years. To be fair, most of those balls off the catwalk don’t result in a player injury, but still. 

The inconvenience of the structure is one of the reasons that “The Trop” has become one of the most undesirable stadiums to play in across Major League Baseball. It’s also gloomy, ugly, and a prison of misery. Just burn it to the ground already.